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The Huge Space Economy Market Segment You (Probably) Have Never Heard Of?

When it comes to the you have probably heard of satellite , communications , and . However you may not be aware of Memorial (e.g. “Space Burial”). So what is it…

Memorial Spaceflight Service Offering

Memorial Spaceflight service companies allow their customers to small amounts of a deceased's cremated remains into space. On launch day, the customer and invited guests gather for a remembrance ceremony to honor the deceased and witness the ashes being launched into space. The modern day equivalent of an Irish Wake.

Memorial Spaceflight services typically include: launch to space and return to earth; launch into earth orbit; launch to orbit or surface; and launch into deep-space. Additional optional services are sometimes offered. Memorial Spaceflight packages range in price from $1,500 to over $12,000. 

The target customer is primarily someone who has cremated a deceased loved one and who is looking for an experience that memorializes their loved one. 

In 2020 the number of deaths in the was 3,383,729 and the cremation rate was 55.9%. Which represented 1,891,504 potential customers and defined a 2020 market opportunity of between $2.8 billion and $22.7 billion. And the market is growing, the cremation rate is forecast to be 78.4% by 2040 (see the following chart, source NFDA).

There are three active companies in the Memorial Spaceflight market segment: Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, Aura Flights, and Beyond Burials.

All three companies acquire customers through one or more of the following channels: traditional funeral service providers, regional distributors, and e-commerce.

Celestis and Beyond Burials launch their customer's remains into space using secondary payload capacity on third party operated by companies such as and Up Aerospace Inc. Aura Flights uses a high-altitude balloon.


If you're an entrepreneur looking for something interesting to consider, the Memorial Spaceflight market segment might be worth your while. What makes it attractive includes: decreasing cost per kilogram to launch satellites into orbit; increasing number of ; ready availability of Nano satellites suppliers and integrators; well-suited for e-commerce; and a large, growing total addressable market.

Additional information for the curious –

Space Tourism Market Analysis

2021 NFDA Cremation And Burial Report

National Funeral Directors Association

Cremation Association of North America 2021 Annual Statistics Report



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